Heather in Cairo

Heather is a senior majoring in history and medieval studies in Dedman College, with a minor in art history in Meadows School of the Arts, and a recipient of the Gilman International Scholarship to Egypt. In Fall 2009, she will continue her studies in Arabic and Egyptology in her second semester at the American University in Cairo. Learn more about the SMU-in-Cairo program.

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Lost in translation (mumkin shwaaya)

I thought the sleepless nights would eventually fade away; however, I am slowly learning that a mix of Ramadan and the North African heat translates into insomnia.

It is 4:45 a.m., and I am staring at my computer for the fourth night in a row unable to fall asleep. No matter how early I rise in the morning, I find myself wide awake at the oddest hours of the night. Although I continually complain about my lack of sleep, I am enjoying spending time with my friends here.

Tonight my roommate’s boyfriend and best friend made us a home-cooked meal for iftar. My roommate’s best friend just returned from Palestine, and she brought us some Palestinian pickles, which were superb! The food was excellent, and the conversations that followed were even better. I have enjoyed speaking with so many different people from all over the Middle East.

alqahira.jpgOn an academic note, I found out today that my school day is now excessively long. I have to take the 8 a.m. bus to New Cairo, and I will not be able to return home until 10:45 p.m. This, my friends, is the consequences of Ramadan. Although AUC believes that the revised schedule for Ramadan will allow students to have iftar with their families, this is not true. I will probably not return home until around midnight for the first 2 weeks of school. I am extremely unhappy about this schedule, and I know the rest of the student body is as well.

The picture of the night scene of Cairo was taken by my friend Andrew from his apartment. You can follow his Cairo blog here.

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    1. Barbie says:

      Heather, Andrew is really talented. I love his work. I checked out his blog and left him a message. Tell him to keep it up and I’ll keep checking his site for more photos. Love ya.

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